Articles | Volume 17, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12725–12742, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12725-2017

Special issue: New observations and related modelling studies of the aerosol–cloud–climate...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12725–12742, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-12725-2017

Research article 26 Oct 2017

Research article | 26 Oct 2017

Impacts of solar-absorbing aerosol layers on the transition of stratocumulus to trade cumulus clouds

Xiaoli Zhou et al.

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Shallow maritime clouds make a well-known transition from stratocumulus to trade cumulus with flow from the subtropics equatorward. Three-day large-eddy simulations that investigate the potential influence of overlying African biomass burning plumes during that transition indicate that cloud-related impacts are likely substantially cooling to negligible at the top of the atmosphere, with magnitude sensitive to background and perturbation aerosol and cloud properties.
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